Song of the Elves

Epic fantasy novels and short stories by David Charles Shepherd

Fathers and Sons

As the climax to book three, Sins of the Father builds, I am reminded of how central to the plot are the relationships between fathers and sons.  Kirik will find his faith in his father tested to the limit; Prince Nemar and Prince Warseratt are so divided in their view of their father’s style of kingship that civil war beckons for the Summerlands.

Above all, Book Three of Song of the Elves deals with the long shadow cast on the kingdom of the elves by an earlier generation.  Some amongst the forefathers of the Summerlands are guilty of transgressions fuelled by greed and a desire for power.  The future of the Summerlands will be fractured by the reality forced upon the current generation as the plot unfolds in this third tense instalment.

Until next time, up the elves

About The Author

Writing has been my main form of escape since a child. Before teaching, I earned a living on a little known national newspaper, before discovering I also had a calling for the classroom. The first embryonic scribbles for Song of the Elves emerged in 2000. I began writing the first trilogy as one continuous manuscript entitled The Summerlands, which I finally completed in the Winter of 2007. In the intervening years, I've been transforming this first draft into three distinct instalments of the saga. "A Shadow Falls" and "The King's Blades" have already seen the light of day. "Sins of the Father" will follow shortly. There will be a second trilogy to complete the saga, which I intend to commence work on in 2012. Book four is entitled "The Lost, The Lonely and the Damned". I have also written a series of short tales entitled The Wolves of Winter, set in Rhoderica before the elves invaded the continent. This is now available through as a paperback and via amazon kindle as an e-book.. My second, 'Tale of Rhoderica' will be a fantasy version of the great John Ford western - The Searchers. Entitled, To the Ends of the Earth', the novel will be out for Spring 2016. I am also half-way through a manuscript for a science fiction novel, entitled The Mirror of His Soul. Time and health permitting, these will all eventually see the light of day.


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